The WS Scharff Family Foundation (“Scharff Foundation”) is a left-of-center private grantmaking organization. The Scharff Foundation has provided financial support for environmentalist organizations, organizations that focus on social policies based on race and gender, and organizations that support individuals with disabilities.
The WS Scharff Foundation was created in 1990 by Werner and Simone Scharff. Werner Scharff was a German American fashion designer and owner of multiple landmark buildings in Venice Beach, California, including the Cadillac Hotel, Beach House on Ocean Front Walk, L.A. Louver, and the James Beach Cafe. 
In 2019 the Scharff Foundation contributed to the ACLU Foundation ($5,000), an organization that opposes voter integrity laws through various means, including litigation to halt attempts to establish voter ID laws. 
Race and Gender-Focused Social Policy
The Scharff Foundation has contributed to organizations that engaged in race and gender-focused policy, including the Venice Community Housing, a housing organization that supports the Black Lives Matter movement and defunding the police  and V-Day, a left-of-center feminist organization created by V (the former Eve Ensler), the author of the Vagina Monologues play. 
In 2019 the Scharff Foundation contributed to a number of environmentalist organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council ($5,000), Heal the Bay ($4,000), the Marine Mammal Center ($1,000), and Friends of the Earth ($1,000). 
Disability and Community Support
In 2019 the Scharff Foundation contributed to a number of organizations that support individuals with specific disabilities and community organizations, including the Firefighters Support Foundation ($10,035), American Injured Veterans Foundation ($10,000), National Parkinson Foundation ($10,000), Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation ($5,000), Neighborhood Youth Association ($5,000), Habitat for Humanity ($5,000), California Police Activities League ($500), Virginia Institute of Autism ($2,500), Share ($5,000), and City of Hope ($1,000).